25 things to do this weekend in Connecticut

Photo of Andrew DaRosa

As spring peaks around the corner, so does the warm weather.

The weekend is set to be beautiful, with highs in the low 60s — perfect weather for going outside and having some socially-distanced fun.

Here are 25 things that you can do around Connecticut this weekend.

P.S. Remember to set your clocks forward on Sunday.

St. Patrick's Day Parade
New London

Jo Nott warms up with the New London Firefighters Pipes and Drums Corps.

Jo Nott warms up with the New London Firefighters Pipes and Drums Corps.

Autumn Driscoll

Boasting an “Everyone Is Irish for a Day" theme, New London's St. Patrick's Day Parade returns with a special car parade on Sunday. Find out more.

Comedy at The Warehouse
Fairfield

Fairfield Theater Company's Warehouse in Fairfield, Conn. on Saturday Nov. 26, 2016.

Fairfield Theater Company's Warehouse in Fairfield, Conn. on Saturday Nov. 26, 2016.

Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media

The Fairfield Theatre Company will be hosting a weekend filled with socially-distanced comedy performances. Dean Edwards takes the stage on Friday while Judy Gold takes over Saturday night. Find out more.

2021 Great Hartford St. Patrick's Week Celebration
Hartford

A costumed character marches during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

A costumed character marches during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

While it may look a little different this year, Great Hartford St. Patrick's Week Celebration will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day all week long with something new to experience every day. Find out more.

Vinnie Brand at the Stress Factory
Bridgeport

Vinnie Brand, owner of the Stress Factory Comedy Club, poses in the club on opening night in downtown Bridgeport, Conn., on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The Stress Factory is at the location of the former Polka Dot Playhouse, which closed in 2011.

Vinnie Brand, owner of the Stress Factory Comedy Club, poses in the club on opening night in downtown Bridgeport, Conn., on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The Stress Factory is at the location of the former Polka Dot Playhouse, which closed in 2011.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

Vinnie Brand, the esteemed owner of the Stress Factory, will be performing two nights of stand-up comedy on Friday and Saturday. Find out more.

Maple Festival 2021
East Hartland

Farm and environmental educator Debby Ritchie assists Dylan Tobin, 6, of Greenwich, using a hand drill to tap a maple tree.

Farm and environmental educator Debby Ritchie assists Dylan Tobin, 6, of Greenwich, using a hand drill to tap a maple tree.

Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media

Get ready to tap into your outdoorsy side and participate in Sweet Wind Farm Sugarhouse & Farm Stand's Maple Festival on Saturday. Find out more.

Go outside for a bite to eat

Westbrook, Connecticut - Friday, May 15, 2020: The back deck at Bill's Seafood of Westbrook. Tables were moved to the parking lot of the classic Shoreline seafood restaurant as it prepped to open for outdoor dining during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic.

Westbrook, Connecticut - Friday, May 15, 2020: The back deck at Bill's Seafood of Westbrook. Tables were moved to the parking lot of the classic Shoreline seafood restaurant as it prepped to open for outdoor dining during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic.

Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media

As spring and summer approach, so do the openings of some of Connecticut's favorite outdoor seasonal eateries. Check out which seasonal eateries have already opened up for the Spring.

USASA Skier/Boardercross
Plantsville

Mount Southington

Mount Southington

Mount Southington photo

The most-promising skiers and snowboarders from across Connecticut are expected to shred the slopes at the annual USASA Skier/Boardercross event on Saturday and Sunday. Find out more.

Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums of Danbury on the Farm
Stamford

Members of the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums march along Main Street in the Danbury St. Patrick's Day Parade. Sunday, March 24, 2019
Members of the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums march along Main Street in the Danbury St. Patrick's Day Parade. Sunday, March 24, 2019
Scott Mullin/For Hearst Connecticut Media

Ring in St. Patrick's Day early with the sounds of the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums of Danbury. The festivities take place at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Sunday. Find out more.

Easter Egg Drive-Thru
East Haddam

A family passes by as Michael Bisbee, dressed as the Easter Bunny, and his family drive around neighborhoods to spread some Easter joy.

A family passes by as Michael Bisbee, dressed as the Easter Bunny, and his family drive around neighborhoods to spread some Easter joy.

Jason Fochtman/Staff photographer

While the pandemic is affecting yet another Easter, there is no reason not to enjoy the festivities associated with the holiday. Ray of Light Farm will host its Easter Egg drive-thru until March 28. Find out more.

Spring Greenhouse Show
Hartford

A solid hedge of yellow roses at the entrance to the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford.
A solid hedge of yellow roses at the entrance to the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford.
Frank Whitman/For Hearst Connecticut Media

From French hyacinths to nasturtiums, get a head start on spring gardening with Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens's Spring Greenhouse Show. The show runs until Saturday. Find out more.

Take a hike (no, actually)

Mount Frissell and Brace Mountain Loop Trail whhere New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts meet.

Mount Frissell and Brace Mountain Loop Trail whhere New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts meet.

Lindsay Boyle

As the weather begins to warm up ahead of the weekend, many people will likely begin to bust out their hiking boots and get ready to hit the trails. Here are 14 hikes that we think are worth the drive from Connecticut.

 

We Banjo 3 livestream
Ridgefield

Grassroots crossover group We Banjo 3  

Grassroots crossover group We Banjo 3

 
Michelle Roche / Contributed photo

Grassroots crossover quintet We Banjo 3 will be performing a livestream concert from Ireland on Saturday that will be shown at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Find out more.

Downtown Mystic Ghost Strolls
Mystic

The gravestone of a Civil War soldier, whose stone was cleaned, contrasts with a non-cleaned gravestone.

The gravestone of a Civil War soldier, whose stone was cleaned, contrasts with a non-cleaned gravestone.

Deborah Rose /Hearst Connecticut Media

It's never too early to celebrate Halloween. That's why the Downtown Mystic Ghost Strolls are kicking off on Friday. Find out more.

Winter birding cruise
Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk'2s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that was the first hybrid-electric research vessel in America. The boat is used for research on Long Island Sound, and for a variety of cruise programs available to school groups and the public.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’2s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that was the first hybrid-electric research vessel in America. The boat is used for research on Long Island Sound, and for a variety of cruise programs available to school groups and the public.

Martitime Aquarium / Contributed photo

Take a relaxing cruise on the Norwalk River as you observe various birds and other wildlife. The winter birding cruise sets sail on Saturday. Find out more.

Andy Fiori at City Steam Brewery
Hartford

Hartford's City Steam Brewery

Hartford’s City Steam Brewery

Nationally-touring stand-up comedian, producer and on-air talent for Sirius XM, Andy Fiori, will be performing live at Hartford's City Steam Brewery on Saturday. Find out more.

St Patrick's Day at the farm
Brooklyn

A bull bison  

A bull bison

 
Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Enjoy a socially-distanced day out on farm with Creamery Brook Bison as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Sunday. Find out more.

Sphinx Virtuosi at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts
Virtual

Violinist Kippy Marks holds onto his violin Izabella at his home in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Violinist Kippy Marks holds onto his violin Izabella at his home in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle

Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the top chamber orchestras in the country, will be performing a virtual show from the Quick Center at Fairfield University on Sunday. Find out more.

Egg hunt in the parks
Woodbury

Easter eggs.

Easter eggs.

Sarah Barrand/Associated Press

Woodbury Parks and Recreation has hidden Easter eggs throughout the town. Now it is your turn to try and find them. The hunt runs through March 27. Find out more.

"Minari" at The Avon
Stamford

Alan S. Kim, left, Steven Yeun, Noel Cho and Yeri Han in A24's
Alan S. Kim, left, Steven Yeun, Noel Cho and Yeri Han in A24's "Minari." (David Bornfriend/A24/TNS)
David Bornfriend/TNS

Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film, "Minari," will be screened on Sunday at the Avon. Find out more.

St. Patrick's Day program
Trumbull

Woman holding four-leaf clover  

Woman holding four-leaf clover

 
Dave and Les Jacobs/Getty Images

Learn about the significance of Irish culture and history at the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center on Saturday. Find out more.

Virtual cooking class
Virtual

Consiglio's Restaurant in New Haven offers virtual cooking lessons.

Consiglio's Restaurant in New Haven offers virtual cooking lessons.

Peter Casolino /New Haven Register

Prep a four-course, Italian meal alongside Consiglio's Chef Ray Gennaro in New Haven via Zoom on Saturday. Find out more.

Marshall Brandon at Back East Brewing Company
Bloomfield

Back East Brewing Co. - Bloomfield

Back East Brewing Co. – Bloomfield

Caitlin Bagley/Hearst Connecticut Media

One of Connecticut's top rising comedians, Marshall Brandon, will be performing a set of stand-up at Back East Brewing on Saturday. Find out more.

Breakfast with penguins
Mystic

Meet the penguins at the Penguin Pavilion at Mystic Aquarium.

Meet the penguins at the Penguin Pavilion at Mystic Aquarium.

Aaron Flaum / New Haven Register

Wake up in Mystic and soak in a morning alongside the adorable penguins of the Mystic Aquarium on Saturday. Find out more.

Naked eye astronomy
Stamford

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is hosting Winter Astronomy Nights at the Farmhouse.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is hosting Winter Astronomy Nights at the Farmhouse.

www.stamfordmuseum.org

Look up to the skies and learn about constellations you can see with your naked eye at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Friday. Find out more.

Seal watch cruise
Groton

A harbor seal casts a backward glance while resting on a submerged rock in Long Island Sound off of Greenwich.

A harbor seal casts a backward glance while resting on a submerged rock in Long Island Sound off of Greenwich.

Patty Doyle / Contributed photo

Get your sea legs ready for a cruise around Long Island Sound on your quest to spot some seals. Project Oceanology's seal watch cruise will launch Saturday. Find out more.